Maddy And The Magic Penny

Summary:

Maddy had a bad day at school. The next morning, she found a penny and made a wish: her mom would come to school ... but be just her size. Maddy thought she dreamed her wish, until she saw a penny on her dresser. Was it a dream, or did her dream come true?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Every preschooler or kindergartner will be able to relate to Maddy.

Content Awareness Factors:

The book is "girly" enough that it might not resonate with boys as well.


Little Kid Reaction

"That's cool" was the first reaction to the book. The idea intrigued our preschooler, and for the next few days we had requests for Mom to stay and play at school.

Parent Reaction

The story clearly resonated with our child. It is a sweet story, with simple illustrations that leave room for a child to put their own 'faces' on the actions.

Type of Book:
This is a picture-book version of a child's fantasy about having a parent that is 'just like them' for a day.
Educational Themes:

The story offers parents and children to talk about feelings, dreams and wishes, and solving problems. You'll need to go beyond the story to offer encouragement, but the empathy jumps from the page.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 5½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a good book to have available for preschool and/or kindergarten, but it's value won't go much further than that.

Title Maddy and the Magic Penny
Author Celeste Scheinberg
Publisher ConMad Books © 2006
Illustrators Angela Zhu
ISBN 9780978840204
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings
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